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New Bedford's Civil War$
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Earl Mulderink, III

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823243341

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823243341.001.0001

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“The Position of Our City has Materially Changed”: Public Costs and Municipal Governance During the Civil War

“The Position of Our City has Materially Changed”: Public Costs and Municipal Governance During the Civil War

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(p.164) 8 “The Position of Our City has Materially Changed”: Public Costs and Municipal Governance During the Civil War
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New Bedford's Civil War
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Earl F. Mulderink III

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823243341.003.0009

This chapter details efforts by New Bedford's public officials to confront the challenges presented by the Civil War on fiscal management and municipal governance. It examines community debates over wartime costs, maintaining public services, and planning the city's postwar future. New Bedford's local officials coordinated with agents of state and national governments to meet unprecedented military expenses such as bounties. Despite the pressures of an uncertain war and an economic downturn, the city avoided large deficits by cutting costs in key areas such as public schools and collecting taxes with great efficiency. The issue of supplying New Bedford with fresh water, and its huge price tag, divided business and political leaders during a wartime referendum in 1864. Another municipal responsibility impacted directly by the Civil War was New Bedford's generous program of welfare administered by the Overseers of the Poor.

Keywords:   New Bedford, Civil War, fiscal management, municipal governance, wartime costs, public services, public schools, fresh water, welfare, Overseers of Poor

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